We’ve covered Boehner’s purge of conservatives from key committees throughout the week and have been leading the charge against this chicanery (read more at our homepage). Boehner and other GOP leaders have admitted that they kicked off three conservatives from key committees because they did not meet the standards prescribed in a secret scorecard. They have refused to divulge the votes that serve as the litmus test on the scorecard; however, it is clear that they have a lot to do with the debt ceiling and budget battles. Ironically, conservatives are being penalized for voting….as conservatives and not with the Democrats.
Headed into the new week, we must keep up the pressure on leadership and expose their mendacity. This will weaken their ability to cut a deal with Obama and capitulate on the budget crisis. Moreover, the three ousted conservatives – David Schweikert (AZ), Justin Amash (MI), and Tim Huelskamp (KS) – have sent a letter to leadership demanding that they release their scorecard, which was used to remove them from their respective committees.
Here is their letter. Please forward it to everyone you know:
Dear Speaker Boehner,
We write to request a full and complete written explanation of the rationale for removing us from our current committee assignments, including any “scorecards” presented to the Steering Committee to justify our removals.
On Monday, we learned that we had been removed from our committee assignments. Some of us learned of this news from a member of the Steering Committee; others never were officially informed and heard of the action from press accounts citing anonymous leadership staffers. To this date, no formal explanation has been given for the removal.
After learning of our removal, it came to our attention that a scorecard was presented to the Steering Committee to make the case for our removal from those committees. On Wednesday morning, Mr. Huelskamp stood before the House Republican Conference and asked to see a copy of the scorecard used to remove us.
Through this past term, we were not aware that any such scorecard existed, nor that the scores would cause us to be removed from committee assignments. We believe this would be valuable information for the entire Republican Conference to know, so that each Member can make a full and complete decision when casting votes in the future. It would also allow us to communicate to our constituents which votes caused us to be removed.
Please provide a full and complete written explanation for our removal, including a copy of the scorecard presented to the Steering Committee meeting, by close of business Monday, December 10th.
David Schweikert Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash
U.S. Representative U.S. Representative U.S. Representative
Arizona Kansas Michigan